The Cartel DVD Officially Released Today

Helen Whalen Cohen
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Posted: Dec 01, 2010 3:43 PM
Today is the official release of The Cartel, an important documentary about the impact of teachers unions.

From the website:

And so the last few decades have brought an explosion of education spending, enthusiastically approved by local school boards and state legislatures and generally supported by taxpayers. That’s the moral cover under which our public school system wastes and steals billions of dollars every year.

New Jersey offers a dramatic instance of this corruption and improvidence. After New York, no other state spends as much per pupil—but the Garden State has very little to show for its investment. Spending can exceed $400,000 per classroom, and yet only 39 percent of the state’s eighth-graders are proficient or advanced readers, and only 40 percent of its eighth-graders are proficient or advanced in math. Of new high school graduates attending the state’s community colleges, nearly 80 percent require remediation. More than three quarters of New Jersey’s high schools have been warned that they may be placed on the state’s list of failing schools. And the problem is not one of inadequate funding: Some of the worst schools receive—and squander—the most money.

Public schools are a failure. They squander our tax dollars and students are worse off for it. The Cartel details the extent of the damage and is definitely worth checking out. To learn more about the film, go here.